The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson is an easy reading book about Betty, a widow whose world has become very upset by the words and actions of a new mysterious neighbour. In fact she is consumed. This new resident has ruined the once beautiful and well-loved home of her old friend.
In the midst of the inner turmoil, a dog comes to her door and Betty works make sure he is returned to his rightful home. This four-legged animal along with another surprise guest bring both sorrow and happiness into her life as Christmas fast approaches.
It has a surprising and delightful ending. Even Betty has a new perspective.
The characters are realistic and well-developed. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for easy reading over the holidays.
Melody Carlson is the author of the Christmas Bus and All I have to Give.